Ex-Bristol City promotion hero sacked by League Two club

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The 2007/2008 League One promotion winner was sacked from his first job in senior management

Kevin Betsy has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager of League Two outfit Crawley Town.

The 44-year-old was appointed as the successor to John Yems in June of this year, but has been unable to put together a run of form amid early-season expectations.

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It was his first job in senior management having held roles as head coach of England’s age-grade teams before moving on to Arsenal’s Under-23’s of whom he managed for a year.

The Red Devils however are at the bottom of the league standings in the fourth tier and have won just once in their opening 12 league matches with them two points adrift of safety.

Major investment has been put into the team and they signed Dominic Telford from Newport County who had scored 25 goals last season last year.

Crawley did knock out Bristol Rovers and Premier League outfit Fulham in the Carabao Cup but it didn’t translate to league form as a result of their poor form.

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A statement published on Sunday read: Crawley Town Football Club has today parted company with Manager Kevin Betsy and Assistant Manager Dan Micciche.

“On behalf of everyone at Crawley Town, the club would like to thank Kevin and Dan for all of their efforts during their time at the club and wish them both well for the future. Lewis Young will serve as interim manager.”

Betsy was previously a midfielder at Bristol City amongst other clubs and made 18 appearances in the 2007/2008 season after joining from Wycombe Wanderers, scoring once as he helped them get promotion from League One.

He was loaned out to both Yeovil Town and Walsall however and departed just a year later for Southend United.

The 44-year-old later wound down his career by returning to Wycombe and then a three-year spell at Woking before hanging up the boots.

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